PROSECUTION IN BILL COSBY CASE WANTS JUDGE TO STAY

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The prosecutor in Bill Cosby's sex-assault case opposes efforts to have the judge step aside before the comedian in sentenced. Attorneys for Cosby were in court this week to say Judge Steven O'Neill has a long-standing grudge with a key pretrial witness — and should recuse himself. But prosecutors say there's no evidence that the judge had it in for the witness. The latest legal scrap centers on former Montgomery County prosecutor Bruce Castor, who declined to charge Cosby when his accuser came forward in 2005. Castor also promised Cosby he'd never be charged in the case — but when a new prosecutor came along, that changed. And in a pretrial hearing, Castor failed to convince the trial judge that he had an iron-clad, enforceable deal in place to shield Cosby.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - NBC

NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Underwood's appearance on NBC was the difference between night and day. Literally. The singer was booked on the "Today" show to talk up her new album this morning. But she got bumped because of Hurricane Florence coverage. Instead, she did "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon last night. Instead of being in Rockefeller Center, she ended up farther north — because Fallon did his show in Central Park. The difference was as much about tenor as it was location; Underwood and Fallon sang the theme to the animated kids' show "Duck Tales" — something that likely wouldn't have happened with the newsier crew on Today.

RINGO STARR PERFORMS IN NEW YORK

NEW YORK (AP) — Last week, it was Paul McCartney doing a secret show in New York's Grand Central Station. And last night, the other surviving Beatle did a show in New York. Ringo Starr played Radio City Music Hall, a more traditional venue. During his two-hour turn in the spotlight, Starr did a bunch of Beatles favorites — as well as solo songs like "Photograph."

GRETCHEN WILSON SETTLES CRIMINAL CHARGE WITH DONATION

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The price of justice for Gretchen Wilson? $500. The country star agreed to give that much to charity in return for having a dustup with law enforcement in Connecticut cleared. Last month, Wilson acted up on her way to Hartford for a private show. First, there was beef with another passenger on the flight. Then, she was arrested for being belligerent with state troopers once the flight landed. To make a misdemeanor charge for breach of peace go away, Wilson will give $500 to a fund for injured crime victims.

OLIVIA MUNN SAYS RELATIONS WITH "PREDATOR" CAST IS COOL

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looks like Olivia Munn and her fellow cast members of "The Predator" have managed to patch things up. She says after she outed a fellow actor as a registered sex offender, there was tension between her and others in the movie. She also complained that director Shane Black hadn't reached out to her — because the actor she told on was a friend of Black's. But all that's water under the bridge now, says Munn. And she says despite the tension between her and others on "Predator," she has no doubt that she did the right thing with her whistleblowing.

JOHN LEGEND JOINING "THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend will try to make the transition from a man who wins awards for his singing — to someone who helps others reach stardom with their voices. He will be a coach on NBC's "The Voice" joining Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Last week, Legend joined the exclusive EGOT club by adding an Emmy win to his previous wins of a Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

KEVIN HART - PRINCIPAL

DALLAS (AP) — You know how a kid can get support for being voted class president by promising better lunchroom food? Seems Kevin Hart does. He surprised students at a performing arts school in Dallas — and told them as honorary principal, he'd make sure they got "chicken nuggets every day." Besides upgrading lunch, Hart also spiffed up the students' attitudes. He urged them not to despair if they're rejected — and that they should believe in their talents.

VETERAN BROADWAY ACTRESS MARIN MAZZIE DIES

NEW YORK (AP) — Marin Mazzie has, sadly, lost her battle with ovarian cancer. The popular Broadway and West End performer has died three years after being diagnosed with the disease. She was just 57. Mazzie's career ranged from comedies like "Monty Python's Spamalot" to more sedate fare like "Man of La Mancha" and "Bullets Over Broadway."

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ANCHOR WHO CALLED TRUMP A WHITE SUPREMACIST LEAVING ESPN

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Outspoken ESPN personality Jemele Hill has announced she is leaving the company. Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a reference to President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist." Hill tweeted Friday that it was her last day at ESPN. She left her role as an anchor for the network's signature "SportsCenter" program in January and went to work primarily for The Undefeated, a company website that concentrates on issues of sports, race and culture.

CUBS PLAYER WEARS UNIFORM ON FLIGHT TO DC FOR GAME

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure, many baseball fans travel to a game wearing the uniform of their favorite team. But now a player has done it — and it may start a trend. It happened yesterday when Chicago Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo wore his game uniform on the plane as his team flew to Washington for a game against the Nationals — which meant he didn't need to change into his "work clothes" once he got to the ball yard. Everyone got a chuckle out it. The Cubs won. And Rizzo says if the team keeps winning, maybe they'll all wear their uniforms to a team dinner or something.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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